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Fayette County: All you need to know for the July 4 holiday

Bluegrass 10,000 race course different this year

Due to construction downtown, this year's Bluegrass 10,000 will run on a slightly different course.

The race will start on Midland Avenue, run down Third Street to Elm Tree Lane to Second to Limestone, pick up the original course back to Third and then down Mill to Vine to Richmond Road. The course will still be approximately 6 miles. The race will finish at Main and Limestone streets. Online registration will be held through Thursday at Active.com.

Race headquarters, at 545 North Upper Street, is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. Registration is $30 for the 10K. Last-chance registration of $30 will be 2-6 p.m. Sunday at 409 Parkway Drive adjacent to the Gay Brewer Jr. Golf Course at Picadome. The fee for the Fun Run is $15.

For more information, call (859)288-2927.

Festivities include ...

This year's festival will begin 4:30 p.m. Thursday with Central Bank Thursday Night Live in the Fifth Third Bank Pavilion at Cheapside Park. On Friday, The Great American Pie Contest and Ice Cream Social will take place from noon to 1 p.m. in the Fifth Third Bank Pavilion.

The Red, White and Boom Concert will be held noon to 10 p.m. Saturday at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.

The Patriotic Music Concert will be held at 8 p.m. Sunday at Transylvania University. On Monday, the street festival, parade and fireworks will take place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information, visit Downtownlex.com.

Be safe out there

The Lexington Division of Police and other law enforcement agencies will be increasing enforcement efforts during the July Fourth holiday weekend.

Officers will be keeping an eye out for aggressive driving, unbelted drivers and passengers, intoxicated drivers and those violating the speed limit. Each enforcement effort is aimed at keeping citizens safe on the roadway. Here are some other tips that might help to keep you safe this holiday season.

■ Keep 100 percent of your attention on driving at all times.

■ Use defensive driving techniques — be aware of what others around you are doing and expect the unexpected.

■ Don't use a cellphone or any other electronic device while driving.

■ Pull over to eat or drink. It takes only a few minutes.

■ Practice defensive driving and give yourself time to react. Keep a 4-second cushion between you and the car in front of you.

■ Don't speed — it gives you less time to react and increases the severity of an accident.

■ Always wear your seat belt and drive sober and drug-free.

■ Stop at that stop sign. Be alert at intersections and don't try to "beat" that red light.

■ Please remember, the right-of-way is something that is to be given, not taken. If another driver is not following the rules, be safe and let them have the right-of-way, even if it really belongs to you.

The goal of the Lexington Division of Police is simple: To save more lives. Working together we all help make a difference.

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